Imagine how exciting it would be if, after discovering the birthplace of an ancestor, you learned some dedicated soul had taken the time to sort out all of the families in your ancestor’s community. Think how much time it would save you! Administrators of one-place studies do just that.
Wikipedia’s article “One-Place Study,” provides the following definition of a one-place study:
One-place studies are a branch of family history with a focus on the entire population of a single European village, not just a single, geographically dispersed family line.
Although prevalent in Europe, one-place studies are actually taking place around the globe. Norwegians use the term bygdebok; Germans call themOrtsfamilienbücher, Dorfsippenbücher, and Ortssippenbücher; Americans often refer to them as county heritage books; while in England, the British prefer the terms “parish reconstitution” or “one-place study.” In this article, they will simply be called one-place studies.
Quality and Quantity
One-place studies differ in quality and quantity, depending upon the scope of the investigation. Some of the highest-quality studies have been conducted by professors and students at the University of Cambridge, Harvard, l’Université de Montréal, and l’Univerité de Liège. These studies are normally conducted to analyze historical demographic trends and utilize only single sources, such as ecclesiastical parish registers. They may only cover a specified time range, deemed “of academic interest.”
On the other hand, hobbyists may complete one-place studies for places where their ancestors lived. They may utilize multiple sources in their compilations and cover longer time frames; however, because they are secondary sources, and these individuals may lack historical training, genealogists should always check the information for accuracy.
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